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CNN
Dec 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
world is coming to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela, the father of south africa. it is the single largest gathering of heads of state and gives just in a few hours, president obama, former president george w. bush and hillary clinton sharing air force one, former presidents clinton and carter flying separately, along with presidents and princesses and kings from other countries. many converging on a soccer stadium here in johannesburg, it is built were we're told, for 90,000, may not be big enough. here they come to thank the man who led them to freedom. now how many other figures can you say that about? that they led a country to freedom and showed the world a better way. i had the privilege today of spending time with bono, the band member of u-2, he knew mandela personally and has been a champion for justice since the late '70s. >> when you first heard that he had died, what went through your mind? >> stubborn until the end, you know? it was like he was playing this -- he was trying to outstare god, and finally, god blinked. >> his leadership was in part to get a abi
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 10:00pm PST
africa. the single largest gathering of heads of state in generations. among them president obama and three ex-presidents from the united states arriving this morning. former presidents clinton and carter flying separately along with presidents, prime ministers and princes and kings from nearly 100 countries. no less significantly ordinary people from all across south africa all converging on a soccer stadium here in johannesburg. it's built to hold 94,000 and may not be big enough and certainly too small to contain all the people to thank the man who led them to freedom. they led a country to freedom and showed the world a better way. i had the privilege of spending time with bono of the band u2. he knew nelson mandela over the years and been the voice for justice here since the late 1970s. when you first heard that he had died, what went through your mind? >> stubborn until the end. you know, it was like he was playing this big sort of, he was trying to outstare god. >> his leadership was, was in part his ability not only to get consensus but also his ability to overcome the natural
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm PST
what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. >> south africa's president announcing the death a short time later, president obama paid a deeply personal tribute. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they are guided by hopes and not fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. >> throughout the hour tonight and
CNN
Dec 6, 2013 1:00am PST
morning. president obama had some very, very poignant words to honor the late president of south africa. he actually invoked words that were used at president lincoln's funeral. >> he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and bending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, madiba transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the presence that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer pour and reconcile for those who jailed him set an example that all humanity took inspire to whether the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact did he it all with grace, with humor, and the ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> well said. the president also said that mandela inspired him. protests against the apartheid in south africa was the president's first foray in politics. >>> george w. bush said, quote, nelson mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers wrong 26
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